Syracuse, NY - The annual Oswego Speedway Awards and Hall of Fame Inductee banquet was held Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool with resounding success. Many old familiar faces from days past were intermingled with today's Oswego...
Syracuse, NY - The annual Oswego Speedway Awards and Hall of Fame Inductee banquet was held Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool with resounding success. Many old familiar faces from days past were intermingled with today's Oswego stars who were to be honored as the top guns in the point funds. Roy Sova, Oswego Speedway annoucer, presided over the affair. The evening began with the presentations to the top ten drivers in the PowerAde/Sunoco MNR Race Fuels/Os. Co. BOCES Limited points. They were in order: 2000 Limited Supermodified champion, Keith Gilliam, Shawn Muldoon, Mark Regan, Gregg Davis, Ed Watson Jr., Jack Patrick, Matt Wheeler, John Ketcham Jr., Dan Ferlito and Jeff Holbrook.
The top ten in the Oswego Speedway Coca-Cola/Fleet Pride supermodified championship points were presented their checks and plaques. They were in order, first to tenth: 2000 Supermodified Track champion, Greg Furlong, Bob Goutermout, Tim Gareau, Howard Page, Jerry Curran, Todd Stowell, Otto Sitterly, Jamie Letcher, Shannon Groves, and Vern LaFave. The top five in the fledgling Oswego super stock points, recognized for the first time in 2000, were Super Stock champion Lou LeVea, Tony White, Kelly Miller, David Bock and Bill Moore.
The Eagles Fan Club also presented their top 20 limited and supermodified point fund recipients, with car owner-members of that group receiving points throughout the season. The top twenty owners in the supermodifieds were Pat Furlong(Greg Furlong), Darcey Kerfein(Bob Goutermout), Howard Page, Tim Gareau Sr.(Tim Gareau Jr), Tim Snyder, Jeff Holbrook(Dave Trytek), Todd Stowell, Jerry Curran, Shannon Groves, Vern LaFave, Otto Sitterly, Jamie Letcher, Buck Graham(Ray Graham Jr.), Bob Bond, Gary Syrell, Brian Sweeney, Ray Chesbro(Jennifer Chesbro), Tim Devendorf, Armand Boisvert(Doug Boisvert) and Mike Douglas.
The Eagles Fan Club top 20 limited super owners were Keith Gilliam, Mark Regan, Shawn Muldoon, Gregg Davis, Jack Patrick, Jeff Holbrook, John Ketcham Sr., Craig Rayvals, Mike Gardner, Matt Wheeler, Russ Bartlett, Lisa Laurent(Bill Izyk), Chris Proud, Eddie Horne, Rob Pollitt(J.J. Andrews), Steve Austin, Jamie Bartlett, Shawn Walker, Jeff Bartlett and Bob Bogwicz. The Eagles Fan Club honored Greg Furlong with their Supermodified Driver of the Year Award and Keith Gilliam with the Limited Super Driver of the Year Award. Corky Stockham of National Parts Peddler was presented the Eagles Fan Club Jim Shampine Dedication to the Sport Award.
Shirley Letcher, secretary/treasurer of the Eagles Fan Club received a surprise award for her years of service to racing and most recently for her hard work in the resurrection of the fan club.
The Speedway Press Most Popular Driver awards for each weekly division at Oswego Speedway, as voted on by the fans, were presented to Greg Furlong, supermodified, Star Matteson, limited super and Lou LeVea, super stock. Motor Max awarded the highest point finisher $100 in each division who met the contingency stipulations, product use and decal display. Those recipients were Greg Furlong, Jack Patrick and Lou LeVea.
Doug Caruso, Oswego Speedway Competition Director, led off the third annual Hall of Fame Induction with a video, by Mike Gibson of County Video and a short resume of each of the 6 being inducted in 2000. The 2000 Inductees were Bill Blum (driver), Chuck Ciprich (driver), Richie Evans (special achievement), Tom Heveron (car owner), Charlie Hopkins (employee) and Norm Mackereth (driver). Bill Blum's sons, Bob and Ron, accepted their late father's plaque, while Richie Evans' daughters, Jackie Williams, Jill Evans and Jody Merola, accepted for the late modified legend. Tom Heveron, not able to attend due to illness in the family, sent a letter of acceptance which was read by Wimp Coerse whose son Brian was on the Heveron crew from day one.
The Oswego Speedway track safety crew also made a special presentation of a jacket to their former boss and mentor, inductee Charlie Hopkins who retired several years ago from the staff.
With the award ceremonies concluded and the many door prizes passed out, Dunes and the Del Tunes provided live music for dancing while many reminisced about the 'old days.'